A close-up of a black and white photograph being printed on a printer, with the printhead whizzing over it. The photo depicts a face in profile staring to the left.

Heather Protz, From the Series: Crowd Burst - Fremont 2 (as a work in progress), 2023, Mixed media photography

Feb. 13, 2023

Crowd Burst

Window Gallery
March 14 - July 8, 2023 
Opening reception March 24, 2023, 5 - 8 p.m.


The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is pleased to present Crowd Burst, an exhibition consisting of a new mixed media photographic installation by Las Vegas artist Heather Protz. 

Titled From the Series: Crowd Burst - Fremont 2, this installation piece builds on the expansive body of black and white photographs in Protz’s dynamic ongoing series, Turning the Tables: A View from the Street (2014 - present). Combining street photography with reflective material, the artist fills the Marjorie Barrick Museum’s outdoor Window Gallery with a compact work that brings every passer-by into the space of a Las Vegas crowd. Crowd Burst represents a fresh development in Protz’s ongoing quest to find the elusive moments that reveal the essence of quotidian life in the city. 

Speaking about Turning the Tables for the Lenscratch States Project in 2015, she said, “Shooting in the photographic tradition of street photography, Las Vegas, my hometown, became a rich source of inspiration. From Vegas I have ventured to other cities, photographing the locals, the tourists, the young, the old, the affluent, and the down and out. From the ordinary actions of the natives to the curiosity of the sightseer, this series examines the daily experience of people navigating a city.”

A companion piece to Crowd Burst will be exhibited in the third annual Eclectic Womxn exhibition at Savidan Gallery this March in celebration of Women’s Month. The exhibition opens on Saturday, March 4 and runs until April 28. Savidan is located at 1310 S 3rd St Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89104.

Crowd Burst will be on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV from March 14 - July 8, 2023, with an opening reception on March 24. Entry to the Museum is free. Masks are recommended. 



About the Artist
Heather Protz, artist, educator, and explorer, resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico, creating art that ranges from documentary work to large-scale conceptual pieces. Protz earned her BFA from The University of Akron and her MFA from Ohio University.  Her photography has appeared in venues around the country, with exhibitions in New York, Washington, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Florida, and across Nevada. In 2001 she received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, and in 2009, a Nevada Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Protz is a tenured professor at the College of Southern Nevada.
About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to art that challenges our understanding of the present and inspires us to create a future that holds space for us all. Located on the campus of one of the most racially diverse university in the United States, we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ groups. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts, especially for first-time visitors. To facilitate access for low-income guests we provide free entry to all our exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for researchers and scholars to develop a more extensive knowledge of contemporary art in Southern Nevada. The Barrick Museum is part of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).
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